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Auto Title Lending

No Right Turn: Illinois’ Auto Title Loan Industry and its Impact on Consumers

October 22, 2015

Illinois consumers are increasingly turning to high-cost automobile title loans (title loans) in an attempt to make ends meet, but becoming trapped in debt. Title loans are...

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Children's Savings Accounts

3 Things I Learned About CSAs Last Week

October 13, 2015

Last week, the IABG team was in St. Louis participating in a conference about the 529 program and Children’s Savings Accounts. The conference was hosted by the Center...

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Children's Savings Accounts

First Stop on the CSA Campaign: East St. Louis

September 30, 2015

Earlier this month, we took the campaign for universal Children’s Savings Accounts in Illinois on the road, and our first stop was East St. Louis. It was the first of...

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Consumer Protections

CFPB Releases Thousands Of Consumer Complaints

July 22, 2015

This week marks the 5th anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency...

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Access to Banking

Bank on Chicago Community Partners Press for Safe & Affordable Prepaid Cards

July 14, 2015

More and more people are using prepaid cards, yet it is a highly unregulated industry. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2014 report Why Americans Use Prepaid Cards,...

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Predatory Lending

Payday Loan Video

This video, created by the Woodstock Institute, features Christine, a Chicago resident & Heartland Alliance participant who shared her experience with payday loans.

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Consumer Protections

Prepaid Card Recommendations Letter

More and more people are using prepaid cards, yet it is a highly unregulated industry. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2014 report Why Americans Use Prepaid Cards,...

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Asset Poverty

Protect the Federal EITC and the Child Tax Credit

July 13, 2015

In 2013, 1,012,292 households in Illinois claimed the federal EITC. According to new data released by the Brookings Institution, 867,541 households claimed the Child Tax...

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Asset Poverty

Family Assets Count: Chicago

June 29, 2015

In Chicago 20% of families live in poverty, but far more (49%) are financially vulnerable. These “liquid asset poor”families do not have enough savings to live above the...

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